Ulnar nerve and numbness
February 10, 2012 6:24 PM Subscribe
Ulnar nerve issues: I'm constantly waking up in the middle of the night with my pinky and ring finger, along with that part of my right hand going numb or asleep. I've had enough. YANMD, but what can I do?
posted by Mister Fabulous to health & fitness (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've been waking up 4-5 nights a week, either in the morning or the middle of the night with my right hand going numb. Specifically, my pinky and half of my ring finger along with that part of the hand down to my wrist being numb. This definitely points to issues with my ulnar nerve. I figured out that the reason seems to be that I tend to have my arm under my head when I sleep. Some nights my half hand goes completely asleep and I get woken up by the pins and needles sensation when I've moved. I haven't had any numbness in the other parts of my hand. The numbness is now starting to last into the day a bit before it gets better, which is making me think I'm starting to get nerve damage. I don't have any issues with my hand functioning or going numb during the day despite being on a computer most of the day.
I'm wondering if anyone has any ways of keeping my hand from going numb through the night. I'm trying to change positions while I sleep to prevent me from sleeping on this arm, and as well have replaced my pillows. Often I'm going back to that position with my arm under my head unconsciously. Should I go for a wrist or elbow brace next? Any other ideas?
Thanks as always.